Make way for India's 15th unicorn of 2021 — BrowserStack!
We've not even crossed halfway into 2021 and India already has its 15th unicorn.
The funding round was led by BOND, with participation from Insight Partners and existing investor Accel, which had invested $50 million in a Series A round in 2018.
Ritesh Arora, Co-founder and CEO of BrowserStack, told YourStory,
"This funding will allow us to explore the different ways in which we can bring new products to market — via acquisitions, acqui-hires, and by investing more heavily in our product and engineering teams."
Founded in 2011 by Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal, BrowserStack has been a category leader in software testing on the cloud and counts over 50,000 customers and more than 4 million developer signups, catering to giants such as Microsoft, Twitter, and Barclays.
Six months into 2021, the number of Indian startups reaching the coveted $1 billion valuation has already surpassed the 2020 tally, as well as excelling an earlier NASSCOM projection that had stated that India will have 50 unicorns before 2021 ends.
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Coming from a small town in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Shrilakshmi Desiraju did not get the kind of exposure that most entrepreneurs get. She co-founded pharmaceutical research and development startup Triphase that is dedicated to research on probiotics and its inter-related areas
In a conversation with YourStory, Dr Shrilakshmi Desiraju talks about her journey of being a pioneer in the probiotics space and building a startup, as well as creating innovative, unique products in the biotech spectrum from Mysuru.
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News & Updates
- Google Pay said it has expanded its network of bank partners offering card tokenisation on the Google Pay app and has added lenders, including SBI, IndusInd Bank, Federal Bank, and HSBC India to the feature.
- Flipkart announced it opened a new fulfilment centre in West Bengal, measuring over 2.2 lakh square feet, which will create over 3,500 direct jobs as the company ramps up its reach across the Eastern part of India.
- Twitter has lost its 'safe harbour' protection in India over non-compliance with IT rules and failure to appoint key personnel mandated under the new guidelines, despite repeated reminders, and it will now be liable for action under the Indian Penal Code for third party unlawful content, sources said.
- India will revisit the dosage interval for the Covishield vaccine and take appropriate action based on emerging data, NK Arora, chairperson of the working group of immunisation advisory body NTAGI, said.
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